AUGUSTA, GA – Paine College announced Thursday the death of one of their students in the result of an apparent suicide.

The student was discovered in a residential hall at about 8:45 p.m. on the evening of Wednesday, April 17. For the sake of the family’s privacy, the student name will not be released at this time, according to Paine’s president Dr. Jerry L. Hardee.

“This is a very difficult time for everyone in the Paine College family,” said Hardee. “I have been touch with the deceased student’s Family to express our condolences and offer support on behalf of the College community.”

All classes scheduled for Thursday, April 18, were canceled. Classes will resume on Monday, April 22. The Chapel opened for all members of the Paine College family who wish to gather there. Grief counselors were on hand to help students cope with the loss of their classmate.

The President and CEO, Founder of the HBCU Campaign Fund, Demetrius Johnson, Jr., released a statement in support of Paine College and the family of the student.

President Johnson urges that we must help those who may be at risk and be more accessible to those who need it, that’s feeling suicidal. If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal or need someone to talk to, please provide help by giving the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has awarded more than $3.1 million in grants to nine Division 1 schools to support academic programs that help student-athletes earn their degrees.

The recipients of the Accelerating Academic Success Program Comprehensive Grants (multiyear) include: University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff ($900,000), Morgan State University (887,700), and Southern University (900,000).

Recipients of Accelerating Academic Success Program Initiatives Grants (single year) include Alabama State Univ. ($63,600), Austin Peay State ($100,000), Coppin State ($85,000), Idaho State ($57,000), Norfolk State ($100,000) and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley ($87,460).

The grants help schools improve the academic success of their student-athletes. The goal is to support the schools’ efforts to meet the requirements of the Divisions l Academic Performance Program, which was developed to ensure schools provide an environment that supports educations while enhancing the ability of student-athletes to earn a degree.

“The impact of the Accelerating Academic Success Program has exceeded expectations and the reach has expanded far beyond the Academic Progress Rate,” said Bernard Franklin, NCAA executive vice president of education and community engagement and chief inclusion officer. “The program’s success is an illustration of the transformation that can take place when adequate resources are combined with creative and strategic planning.”

School eligible to apply for the program are non-Football Bowl Subdivision Division l schools in the bottom 10 percent of resources as determined by per capita institutional expenditures, athletic department funding and Pell Grant aid,

The comprehensive grants will be distributed over a three-year period and used to fund increased academic support services staffing and space; technology upgrades (software and hardware); career planning; professional development; and increased availability of summer financial aid for student-athletes.

Schools can request a maximum of $300,000 per year for three years. The participating schools are required to match grant dollars each year of the program, with direct funds and/or in-kind contributions. The school must commit a 25 percent match in the first year, 50 percent in year two and 75 percent in year three. Schools must match 20 percent of single-year grants.

The announced awards mark the fifth round of Accelerating Academic Success Program funding distributed by the NCAA.